TOP FIVE BURGER ALTERNATIVES IN CHICAGO
Beef, Chicken, and Veggies Go Above and Beyond
From the fast food value meal to gourmet interpretations, burgers have long been an American tradition. The obsession with the classic grilled sandwich has led to a trend of creative alternatives, with restaurants serving a diverse selection of patties topped with a range of innovative ingredients.
Check out the top five Chicago restaurants that serve more than your average burger:
Etno Village Grill: Etno’s ethnic alternative to the classic burger, the Cevap, is a street fare favorite throughout Eastern Europe. Consisting of a traditional skinless sausage, the sandwich is available in varieties such as Beef & Pork seasoned with Etno spices, Spicy Sesame, and Chicken with Feta, Spinach & Red Pepper. Customize your Cevap with over 20 seasonal condiment options such as red onion marmalade, homemade kosher pickles or the Etno spread (feta, chili peppers and spices). Besides their Cevaps, Etno serves a wide array of gourmet burgers, vegetarian and chicken sandwiches with a variety of homemade sides.
Etno Village Grill: 2580 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Fork Chicago: A self proclaimed restaurant, wine bar and gastropub, Fork Chicago is the go to place for a one-of-a-kind burger and beer pairing. Try a burger sans the beef with Fork’s signature Chicken Burger, consisting of a freshly ground chicken patty topped with brie cheese, dijonaisse, baby arugula, apple and fennel with an optional addition of duck confit. For a truly foodie friendly meal, add a side of garlic cilantro fries and wash it down with one of the 30 brews on tap.
Fork Chicago: 4600 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL
Aloha Eats: Bite into a taste of the islands at Aloha Eats, an authentic Hawaiian grill located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The tropical eatery features a menu filled with traditional fare and a unique selection of specialty burgers. Stick to the Hawaiian basics with the Sliced BBQ Beef Burger or opt for a seafood alternative with the Fried Mahi Mahi Burger topped with tartar sauce.
Aloha Eats: 2534 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Hackney’s: A Chicago staple for over 50 years, Hackney’s has expanded their menu to include a wide selection of unique burgers in addition to their famous original, the Hackneyburger. For a new take on the tradition, try the Feta Lamb Burger, served on pita bread and topped with lettuce, tomato and a homemade cucumber and yogurt sauce.
Hackney’s, 5 locations in Chicago
Burger Bar: In addition to their wide array of toppings and sauces, Burger Bar also has meatless alternatives available for those who crave a change of pace on their bun. The Powerhouse Veggie Burger is topped with arugula, avocado and creamy goat cheese as well as a spicy kick of chipotle mayonnaise. Want fries with that? Try the sweet potato tots or truffle fries for a gourmet twist.
Burger Bar: 1578 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL